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District Nurses

community_nurseThe District Nurse is a professional who is familiar with the community s/he works in. This knowledge allows her or him to give skilled nursing care to all members of the public, wherever they are living, and regardless of their age. The District Nurse will visit patients at home if they are registered with the GP practice or Health Centre to which s/he is attached, and they are unable to attend the surgery.

The District Nurse is professionally accountable for identifying and assessing the total nursing needs of patients or carers and for planning, initiating and providing the appropriate nursing care. After completion of that care, s/he can discharge the patient from the caseload. S/he must also assess the ability of carers to carry out nursing care between visits and is responsible for teaching and supporting them in this task.

The District Nurse has knowledge of and can give information regarding local and national services available to patients and their families from statutory and voluntary sources. Where appropriate, patients or carers are encouraged to access such services for themselves.

Who does the District Nurse take referrals from?

  • Any members of the Primary Health Care team.
  • Hospitals.
  • Relatives/carers.
  • Patients themselves
  • Only patients with identified nursing needs will be visited and all referrals are prioritised according to need. 

Personal care (i.e. help with personal hygiene, washing, dressing, toileting etc are now the remit of social services).

District Nurses and Training/Education

The District Nurse has an important role in Health Education within the community, and participates in the teaching of student nurses as well as other professionals. Students will often accompany the District Nurse on her/his visit, but permission will always be asked first. Contact 0118 930 9001


  • St Luke's Church Hall:Thursday 10:00 – Midday 
    Calcot Childrens Centre (Calcot Infants School) Monday 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • No appointment is necessary for the clinic 

Health Visiting Team: 

Tel: (0118) 930 9000

At Theale Medical Centre & Calcot Surgery. Health Visitors can offer help on: 

  • family planning & pregnancy
  • baby & child care
  • health & development
  • immunisations
  • family nutrition
  • adolescence
  • family dynamics
  • coping with disabilities
  • coping with a sick or ageing relative
  • welfare benefits
  • local services & facilities
  • bereavement
  • support groups
  • general health 
  • and much more
Anyone can contact a Health Visitor requesting help or advice for themselves, relatives or friends. All referrals will be treated confidentially.
Tel: 0118 930 9000 (Answerphone if out of office)

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